As of Sunday, December 18, the death toll from flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi is 652, with over 800 more people still missing. The most severe flash flooding was concentrated in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City in the province of Mindanao. More than 50,000 people are living in evacuation centers and 125,000 people were affected by the fast-moving floodwaters. The New York Times, AP and Reuters are covering the story as events unfold.
CRS is coordinating with the government, Caritas Philippines, Xavier University and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. Archbishop Tony Ledesma is playing an important role in facilitating cooperation between non-profits and the government in the flood response. CRS will have further information about people’s immediate needs after assessments on Sunday and Monday.
Country Representative Joe Curry will join CRS staff already on the ground in Cagayan de Oro on Monday. He is available for media interviews. Media contact: Jen Hardy.